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City denies variance for gazebo
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Hinesville City Council last week denied a resident’s request to put a gazebo in a front yard.

Troy Burns and his wife, Jean Rush, filed a variance request to allow for the gazebo, but the city zoning ordinance prohibits “accessory structures” in the front yard. The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission last month recommended disapproval of the request, and City Council agreed. Burns, who spoke previously at an LCPC meeting, did not attend the council meeting.

In other business, the council:

* LCPC Zoning Administrator Gabriele Hartage presented information on a proposed amendment to the city’s subdivision ordinance. The amendment would allow for commercial properties to be subdivided from internal, private drives. Currently, the zoning ordinance prohibits public streets or alleys within shopping centers. By subdividing the properties, it allows for distinct ownership of buildings. The amendment also includes making the property owners, not the city, liable for injuries or accidents that would occur in the shared space of the shopping center.

* Council members approved repurposing funds for city contractor CH2M Hill Public Works. Bobby Ryon, CH2M Hill’s project manager, asked to use funds set aside for purchasing a new household-garbage truck, to instead go toward renovating two existing trucks. The budgeted $190,000 will be divided in half for the refurbishment of both trucks.

* Thirteen business licenses were issued last month — nine for new businesses and four licenses for change of ownership.

* Mark Hardison of Clifton, Lipford, Hardison and Parker LLC, the city’s auditor, presented the city’s fiscal year 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. There were no significant deficiencies reported.

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